Destination guide

Thessaly: outdoor adventures and ancient history await

The region of Thessaly in Greece might not get as much recognition or attention as the capital or the sun-soaked islands, but don't let that discourage you. It occupies a vast region towards the north of the country, stretching from the Aegean Sea through the fertile plains to the towering mountains of Olympus and Kissavos. This varied topography provides countless platforms for outdoor activities from trail hiking to sea fishing. Alternatively, you can discover Greece's rich history at the region's museums, ruins and the UNESCO World Heritage Meteora monasteries that adorn the lofty mountain peaks.

Things to do

Fabled monasteries in Thessaly

Greece has a long and fascinating history and the region of Thessaly is no exception. The Archaeological Museum of Volos is home to an exquisite collection of archaeological finds discovered in the 20th century. Alternatively, the Natural History Museum of Meteora is small but packed with wildlife exhibits. Undoubtedly though, the highlights near your Thessaly vacation rental are the 6 Meteora monasteries that perch atop towering sandstone monoliths above the Pineios River. The impressive structures are still home to dozens of monks and nuns who live and work in the fabled religious buildings.


Thrill-seekers take note of Thessaly

It would be far easier to list what adventure activities you can't do than ones you can. Thrill-seekers have long looked to Thessaly to get their kicks, whether it's powdering their hands to climb up the challenging rock faces, hopping aboard rafts to paddle down the exciting white-water rapids, or taking to the skies on paragliders. If you've packed your walking boots, you won't be disappointed by the winding mountain trails, nor the views you'll be rewarded by as you stomp along them. Alternatively, you can dive into one of the wineries to taste some of Greece's best reds and whites.


Sizzling summers in Thessaly

June to August sees Greece's peak season, with the whole country being soaked in hot Mediterranean sunshine and temperatures that often top the high 80s. The sizzling heat makes doing anything other than working on your tan on the beach or cooling off in the sea a little troublesome. If you're looking to hit the mountain trails, you'd be better off scoring a Thessaly vacation rental during the spring or fall, when the climate is more agreeable. Winter is the country's low season, but don't discount it. The weather is typically mild and you can bag rock bottom deals on rentals.

Natural features

Canyons, raging rivers and swathes of woodland in Thessaly

The landscapes of deep canyons cut by raging rivers, swathes of fir forest and ragged peaks are home to some of Europe's most fascinating wildlife. You'd need an encyclopaedia-sized book to list every species you might spot near your Thessaly vacation rental, but highlights include catching a glimpse of ambling bears, wild boar rustling around the chestnut trees and shy deer among other mountain critters. If you happen to be staying nearby at night, you may very well hear the howl of wolves or the hoot of owls emanating from the trees.

Where to stay around Thessaly?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,135 vacation rentals near Thessaly. From 299 Houses to 411 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Thessaly for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Thessaly?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Thessaly. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Skiathos: 349 vacation rentals
  • Skopelos: 555 vacation rentals
  • Volos: 355 vacation rentals
  • Sporades: 550 vacation rentals
  • Meteora: 35 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Thessaly! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Thessaly?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Thessaly:

  • Skiathos: 349 rentals
  • Volos: 355 rentals
  • South Pelion: 635 rentals
  • Kalabaka: 36 rentals
  • Kato Lechonia: 327 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Thessaly?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Thessaly are:

  • Nea Anchialos Airport (VOL): 176 vacation rentals
  • Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport (JSI): 632 vacation rentals
  • Skiros Airport (SKU): 44 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Thessaly?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Thessaly. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Meteora: 35 rentals
  • Stafylos Beach: 558 rentals
  • Agios Dimitrios Beach: 361 rentals
  • Port of Skianthos: 627 rentals
  • Koukounaries Beach: 679 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Thessaly listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.